Disability Access Services (DAS) views all information pertaining to a student's disability as confidential. Any information obtained by DAS is used to verify the disability, plan for appropriate services, and document service and communication with the DAS office.

Maintaining student disability information as confidential does not guarantee a student’s anonymity. This means that DAS will only share information with faculty, staff or service providers on a need to know basis, which may include name and accommodation(s) being used. Please contact DAS for further information.

The following are the guidelines used by DAS regarding disability-related information:

  • All disability-related information for students at Oregon State University is managed by DAS.
  • Only authorized personnel working at DAS have access to this information.
  • Disability information may be released only when a student has signed a Release of Confidential Information form (please contact DAS for electronic or hard-copy form). This includes information to be shared with family, other institutions, or a provider.
  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) do not allow faculty, family members or third parties access to information pertaining to students’ medical conditions, such as medical or psychiatric records unless DAS has a signed release or there is a need to know.
  • Submitting an online request for accommodations authorizes DAS to notify faculty of the approved accommodations the student will be using in their course.
  • The functional impact of a student’s disability may be disclosed to faculty on an educational need to know basis.
  • DAS may engage in discussions or consultations with faculty and staff, as needed, in order to effectively implement approved accommodations.
  • Students may request to review the contents of their own file. This must be done with DAS staff present.
  • Students may request a copy of the documentation of their disability by submitting a written request or in person. A student’s records are retained for five years after the student’s departure from Oregon State University.

Page Updated 09/2020